The Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Forum –
a meeting of all the minds in our basin.


Since 2004, the annual International Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Forum has been a strategic incubator for cross-border research, management collaboration, networking and communication. 

The Foundation leads a partnership of agencies to organize the Forum each year.  Attended each year by upwards of 160 research and resource managers, the Forum is the "hub" for all groups working to ensure the future ecological integrity of the waters of the Rainy-Lake of the Woods Basin.

2019 Proceedings cvrThe pdf Proceeedings Report of the 2019 International Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Forum (13.11 MB) is now available.

Lake of the Woods and its watershed went under the microscope again at the 2019 International Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Forum, March 13-14 at the Rainy River Community College in International Falls, Minnesota. The auditorium was jam-packed with 165 researchers, resource managers, policy makers and members of the public attending – a near record attendance despite a major winter storm in the area.

Participants reflected a broad range of interests and involvement in the watershed, representing 62 organizations, including local governments, soil and water conservation districts, provincial and state governments, federal governments, U.S. Tribes, Canadian First Nations, the International Joint Commission, industry, non-governmental organizations, universities, undergraduate and graduate students, and citizens interested in the future health of our watershed.

This year’s Forum featured 34 presentations during the two-day symposium and posters sessions. There were focus session on: binational updates, federal Canadian science, ecosystem studies at the Experimental Lakes Area, and management implications of research completed over the past decade.

Click here to view or download pdf 2019 Forum Proceedings Report (13.11 MB) .

Jesse Anderson, Research Scientist with the MPCA, is the 2019 recipient of the Kallemeyn Award, recognizing his outstanding professional achievements and contributions to research and resource management in the Rainy-Lake of the Woods watershed.

The Kallemeyn Award was presented to Jesse by the Lake of the Woods Water Sustainability Foundation on behalf of the 160 researchers and resource managers from the United States and Canada attending the 2019 International Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Forum in International Falls, MN.
Read the full 2019 Kallemeyn Award announcement

The Kallemeyn Award is presented annually by the Foundation to an individual who has demonstrated in the Rainy-Lake of the Woods watershed:
  • Outstanding professional achievement in scientific research or resource management.
  • Significant contributions to collaborative and cooperative approaches to research or resource management internationally.

The Vermilion Lake Association and the Lake of the Woods District Stewardship Association were each recipients of the 2019 Wilson Stewardship Award, recognizing their outstanding contributions to environmental stewardship in the Rainy-Lake of the Woods watershed.

The Wilson Awards were presented to each Association by the Lake of the Woods Water Sustainability Foundation on behalf of the 160 researchers, resource managers and water stewards from the United States and Canada attending the 2019 International Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Forum in International Falls, MN.

Read the full Wilson Award announcement

The Wilson Stewardship Award is presented annually by the Foundation to individuals, groups, or projects that have made significant contributions to environmental stewardship in the Rainy-Lake of the Woods watershed through:
  • Education, outreach, civic engagement and participation in stewardship initiatives or program development.
  • Projects or programs focused on protection, restoration, preservation or reduction of environmental impact and development of sustainable practices.

partnersThanks to our sponsors for assisting with the 2019 International Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Forum. This event would not be possible without the dedicated efforts of the researchers and resource managers and the assistance of the following groups:

  • International Joint Commission
  • Voyageurs National Park
  • Consulate General of Canada - Minneapolis, Global Affairs Canada
  • Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
  • Rainy River Community College
  • Lake of the Woods District Stewardship Association
  • St. Cloud State University
  • Dorset Environmental Sciences Centre (Ontario Ministry of Environment, Conservation & Parks)
  • Rainy Lake Conservancy
  • Rainy Lake Property Owners Association
  • Voyageurs National Park Association
  • Environment and Climate Change Canada / Environnement et Changement climatique Canada
  • Lake of the Woods Water Sustainability Foundation

To become a sponsor, please contact Todd Sellers, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or toll free 886-370-8891.

Limited travel support may be available to assist postgraduate students to present their research at the Forum, through the Deborah Battigelli Memorial Fund at the Foundation.  Support is typically offered for up to one student per year.  To apply, contact Todd Sellers, Executive Director, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Todd Sellers, Lake of the Woods Water Sustainability Foundation
  • Nolan Baratono, Watershed Ecology
  • Andrew Paterson, Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change
  • Jesse Anderson, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
  • Kelly Sjerven, Rainy River Community College
  • Kayla Bowe, Red Lake Department of Natural Resources
  • Ryan Maki, Voyageurs National Park
  • Tim Pascoe, Environment Canada
  • Matt Julius, Minnesota St. Cloud State University
  • Kelli Saunders, Lake of the Woods Water Sustainability Foundation
  • Anna DeSellas, Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change
Abstract submission is now closed.  Please see 2019 Forum Program & Abstracts for the program schedule.

Proceedings Reports of the annual International Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Forum are available from 2006 onward, here:  Forum Proceedings